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Subject: Holy Smokes Gone>Gloria Jam>CC Rider for the Power Slot!
Jack Straw opens a bit slow but in the jam steps to the plate for a homerun. Beware Phil Bombs may detonate unexpectedly. Jerry wasn't ready to let it all hang out too early, and takes his time in Sugaree. No, the table of noodles is reserved for after the 7th minute, the next jam being slower and more deliberate, but again building intensity into the 13th minute where Bob fans amongst noodles and bombs. This Sugaree, in the heyday of Sugaree, works on her own schedule. MAMU is mediocre with late blooming Big River in its wake. Loser has a different twist to it, and a decent crashdown. Easy to Love You brings things down, unfortunately. The pre-rearrangement Minglewood helps bring us back to life, ironically with a surprise culmination jam which later became standard... and Althea tanks it. Not surprisingly TMNS closes the set out fanning flames.
Things get cooking in the segue from China into Rider, with a late blooming Rider erupting with a great Northbound Train verse and gaining speed the rest of the way. Thunderstorm drums lead us into strong early portion of LLR, which slows down rises again for the finale. He's Gone begins one of the best meat sequences of the Brent Era, and ever. I had to turn Phil down, he's heavy to the point of sound problems. Things start getting interesting with SYF, and the outro jam is the beginning of something magical, staying in Gone for the next 5 minutes where Jerry and Brent are the all stars. At about the 14 minute mark they depart from the theme and search for the sound, leading them into a fantastic jam that seems headed for Eyes until Brent and Phil push GLORIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAA! This theme doesn't stay with us long, though the noodles do. Brent is pushing for an Orbital Jam, one problem, this would mean heading into drums! The band isn't ready, the result being some fucking awesome jam with Brent out in wonderland while Jerry and the boys tear it up. Brent comes back to earth, leaving on hand in the stratosphere, and they return to the Gloria theme again. X-Factor is achieved in here, with the drummers each having 8 arms. Bob beings a greaser rock rhythm which pushes them into CC Rider, at a great pace. With more energy than a typical, plodding first set offering I'm satisfied with it thanks in large to Brent's killer solo. When Jerry gets his solo going the team explodes with a culmination jam that again hits X-factor. Bob's clearly feeling it hahaha. As soon as it ends they go into a free form jam that goes on for a few minutes of buzzing before Jerry puts the axe down.
A groovy NFA emerges from drums at the behest of the drummers, then we head into Black Peter at Jerry's behest. Jerry vocally souls out the Black Peter than follows. Don't skip the Sugar Mag! Solid version of an oft played tune.
The first set is very hit or miss, you may want to skip most of it to get to the meat of the show, the pre-drums, which gives us one of their all time jams! Post-drums, as there is no space, is not to be skipped.
A, there is some Phil saturation, most noticeable during Gone. Otherwise pretty perfect, with a couple minor patches in the first set.
Subject: longest versions in this show
interesting fact about this great show; the longest versions ever played of Sugaree, CC rider and Althea were played at this show. Along with 2nd longest versions of he's gone, big river and music never stopped. 3rd longest version of black peter and 4th longest loser and minglewood ever played. i find this odd, curious and cool.
Subject: my first show
I bought tix for 11/30 too but had to sell them to friend cuz the parents wouldn't allow 3 concerts in a row. I saw The Who 12/2 up the hill at The Arena. At least I saw the better of the 2 Dead shows. The Sugaree was the best I ever saw and this and 11/29/81 were my 2 favorite Igloo shows although 4/2/89 comes close. The China/Rider and Black Peter was killer here especially BP the acoustics here were great for Jerry's ballads. 5 cuz it was my first and real sweet.
if doug_the_dude is here, it must be good!!!!
Yeah, this set 2 is definitely "one of the ones" from the cassette days - it's now so clean and beautiful to listen to, so much fun, esp. the jams following He's Gone through Drums. Beautiful.
The second set was a legendary tape among East Coast traders back at the time: China Cat through Black Peter fit on a 90, which was everything you needed. Famous not just for the performance (fantastic) but for the special sound quality – there wasn't much like this going around back then. Of course the centerpiece is the jam after He's Gone (one of the troika of incredible post-He's Gone jams of the time, w/Englishtown and Nassau 81) but everything is great – from sublime Garcia solos on China Cat, Looks Like Rain and He's Gone, to the first, and best ever, CC Rider (w/over-the-top Weir vocals), to a beautiful Black Peter, this is the early Brent period at its finest.
Subject: great sounding room
This was one of the first tapes I had, and has always been a favorite. You can hear the air in the room, and it gives Jerry's guitar a beautiful soaring quality. His playing is very delicate at times and completely spazzed-out at others. Great, great show. Sandwiched between a Pirates World Series victory and a Steelers Super Bowl victory in the City of Champions. That's how we rolled in '79.
Subject: First Cassette
I have always loved this late 79-83 early Brent. This show has a Beautiful Black Peter, Jerry seems to have this wonderful vocal feel as well as some guitar bliss.
Subject: jerr's voice
from 77 to 78 then 79 a different sound, a different style.
Solo Head -
Subject: Rip Roarin' 1979
Subject: gool ole' dead
Great soundin' tunes minus the sleek sounding late keith era hype. This is rough and rugged dead, but in top form, I might add. I love 77-78 shows, but I love sippin' a cold one (or six) and listening to early brent era. This show is from an underrated period of dead music. I don't see many shows added or reviewed from this period, so enjoy and tip one back.